from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To prepare (written material) for publication or presentation, as by correcting, revising, or adapting.
  • transitive verb To prepare an edition of for publication.
  • transitive verb To modify or adapt so as to make suitable or acceptable.
  • transitive verb To supervise the publication of (a newspaper or magazine, for example).
  • transitive verb To assemble the components of (a film or soundtrack, for example), as by cutting and splicing.
  • transitive verb To eliminate; delete.
  • noun An act or instance of editing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To put forth; issue; publish.
  • To make a recension or revision of, as a manuscript or printed book; prepare for publication or other use in a clarified, altered, corrected, or annotated form; collate, verify, elucidate, amend, etc., for general or special use.
  • To supervise the preparation of for publication; control, select, or adapt the contents of, as a newspaper, magazine, encyclopedia, or other collective work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To superintend the publication of; to revise and prepare for publication; to select, correct, arrange, etc., the matter of, for publication.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A change to the text of a document.
  • verb To change a text, or a document.
  • verb transitive To be the editor of a publication.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cut or eliminate
  • verb cut and assemble the components of
  • verb prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
  • verb supervise the publication of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Partly back-formation from editor and partly from French éditer, to publish (from Latin ēditus, past participle of ēdere : ē-, ex-, ex- + dare, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Back-formation from editor, influenced by French éditer ‘edit, publish’.


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